About Zach

I’m currently based out of Boulder, CO. I started out programming, took a detour to study chemistry and math as an undergrad, and did some biochemistry and bioinformatics research along the way. Right now I’m at the start of a PhD program in computer science. I’m focusing on doing interdisciplinary work in machine learning and computational biology.

At Work

I’m a first year Computer Science PhD student. Right now I’m working at CU in the Biofrontiers Institute.

This year I’m rotating through different labs to get a feel for different kinds of interdisciplinary research. This year, I’ve worked on the following:

  • Algorithm Development related to graph embeddings
  • Knowledge Graphs and novel uses for them in genomics
  • Mathematical Probability as it relates to biological datasets

Previously I’ve worked as a professional researcher and data scientist. I worked on:

  • Bayesian Modeling to better understand patterns in genomic data
  • Tool development for handling ever increasing amounts of genomic data
  • Nascent sequencing data and algorithms with a focus on understanding disease

At Home

In my free time, you can find me:

  • Outside and running on trails
  • Tinkering with digital modes for ham radio and software defined radio
  • Experimenting with fermentation in the kitchen

Online

The links at the top of this page are the best ways to get in touch with me online since I don’t use social media. I don’t have enough time to use it and remain as productive as I’d like, so I try to avoid it. I also like having control of my own data and the knowledge that what I’ve made won’t spontaneously disappear one day.